Jim is the "Mike Wallace" of meteorology. When he shows up, you know the weather is going to get interesting. Jim's passion for field reporting during extreme weather events is well known among TWC viewers. Whether it's "thunder snow", an ice storm, tornado chasing or a category 5 hurricane, there is no place Jim would rather be than right in the "eye of the storm."
Like many weather enthusiasts, Jim has a great respect for the weather. "We want to inform our viewers about the potential impact of the weather events so they can protect their property and most importantly their lives, but, we don't want to be part of the news story. We locate ourselves close enough to the action to help viewers understand the severity of the weather, but stay out of harm's way.
Recently, "wildweather.com" voted Jim "Meteorologist of the Month" for August 2000. In their acknowledgement of his award it read, "Jim Cantore pushes television forecasting to the next level. Much as Michael Jordan changed basketball, Jim Cantore has forever altered the field of weather forecasting." "This man means business."
Though Jim is best known for his live field coverage of major weather events (such as Hurricanes Andrew, Fran, Georges, Floyd, Mitch and Bonnie), his contributions span well beyond severe weather field reporting. Jim was the creator, producer, writer and talent for an annual on-air segment, "The Fall Foliage Report" (which was later expanded to 1-900-WEATHER and weather.com.) During the 1999-2000 NFL Football season, Jim was part of the "FOX NFL Sunday" team, reporting on the games affected by the weather.
Jim has reported from events such as
• the Space Shuttle Discovery Launch,
• the "Winter X Games,"
• PGA tournaments,
• the National Cable Television Association Convention and,
• for two years, was the anchor for a live New York City area local forecast insert "Tri-State Weather."
When he is back in Atlanta, he does studio reporting and has frequently appeared as the anchor at the severe weather update desk. Jim has hosted several documentaries for The Weather Channel, including "Wildfire" and "The Power of Weather," an educational program for children.
Jim is a member of both the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society. He holds the AMS Television Seal of Approval.
A native of White River Junction, Vermont, Jim graduated with a B.S. in Meteorology from Lyndon State College (Lyndonville, Vermont.) After an internship with Channel 7 in Boston during the Summer of '85, Jim found his dream job. "I am proud to say The Weather Channel was my first job out of college." (Jim first appeared on The Weather Channel in July of 1986.)
Jim credits his Father, "who indulged my love for meteorology. Dad didn't get too mad when he found me on the porch in my shorts at 2 a.m. shoveling the new fallen snow, or when 10 different kids would call in the morning to ask me if we would have school that day."
Jim also has fond appreciation and respect for many other fine people who have helped him along the way; at The Weather Channel, in the meteorological community and at his alma mater. The feeling is clearly mutual as Jim was selected as the Distinguished Alumni Award recipient and Keynote Speaker for the Commencement ceremony at Lyndon State College in 2000.
Jim frequently contributes his time to charitable events such as the Michael J. Fox Foundation - benefiting Parkinson's disease, the Celebrity Cup event at Sugarloaf to benefit The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, The Juvenile Diabetes Walk for the Cure and the Girls and Boys Clubs Annual Pro Am at the Sankaty Head Golf Club in Nantucket.
Jim's passion for the outdoors is equally evident in his leisure activities. In his "spare time," Jim plays softball and golf and is an accomplished landscaper. And, of course, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife and two children!